Since the announcement of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon, I have used KoopaTV as one of the Internet's bastions of skepticism against the promised re-glorification (via darkness and terror) of the Alola region. I just cannot have confidence in that much change occurring in a yearly sequel.
Yes, there are a few new locations (in different universes) and brand new thematic Ultra Beasts, but do not be so easily fooled! This new trailer from The Pokémon Company International states that this is not the Alola I thought I knew, but when you have an eye for getting past fluff...
I mean, they're literally still showing footage of stuff that was in the first Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon (everyone huddled in that room listening to Professor Burnett talk in the Dimensional Research Lab). Then the rest of the trailer is just cutscenes to generic epic trailer music. Spare me. Cutscenes are not significant new gameplay developments. Stop acting like they are. Some of these will be REPLACING content from the original Alolan adventures. It's not all additive. Plus, you could make the same kind of trailer production from the cutscenes of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, and be lead to believe that the Ultra Beast involvement is much greater than it really was. That, in fact, is what happened!
I predict 80% of the base game will be the same, give or take 10%. If I'm wrong (not that I would know how to calculate that), I'll write an apology article.
|Is Guzzlord going after Nanu before or after Guzzlord eats Hau?|
“But Ludwig!” You begin to counter. “That's not a fair criticism! Why, just last week they released a new gameplay trailer that was two minutes long that KoopaTV didn't even cover! You're no better than CNN!”
How DARE YOU compare KoopaTV to that wretched outlet! You want me to talk about that trailer? Fine! But let me warn you: I don't care for it, either!
The designs for Dusk Mane Necrozma and Dawn Wings Necrozma ARE really cool, but from a gameplay perspective, how much did, say, Kyurem White and Kyurem Black change things in Pokémon White 2 and Pokémon Black 2? They'll change the competitive Ubers tier landscape a bit, but as cool as end-game legendaries are, they're just that: end-game. They won't be affecting the majority of your gameplay time. They're just cool sentient trophies.
Same with the eye-candy new Z-Moves of Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom. ...The hell are a Sunraze and a Moonraze? Half of the trailer is just showing the animations of those moves. You want to see that every time you play? Just faint the damn guy already.
The most interesting part of this trailer is the part about bonding with Rotom. That never really materialised in any significant way in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, even though we were really hyped about the Rotom Pokédex. I mean, so hyped that our E3 2016 logo was Rotomified. Nah, instead of becoming Rotom's best friend and having it be a big part of the story, we got Hau instead. Gross.
|Paniola Ranch returns! And looks exactly the same as before.|
...That, of course, is not a problem at all, since Paniola Ranch is the best part of Alola. (But it does go into my greater point.)
They hyped up the whole Alola region to be this awesome place where humans and Pokémon have closer bonds than anywhere else in the Pokémon world. How does this manifest? An Alolan version of Pokémon Amie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, and now an Alolan version the O-Powers from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.
Having the same features from the previous game, but renamed, is in no way proving the Alolan theme of very close bonds between humans and Pokémon correct. That's really disappointing, because that's what I wanted the most out of the Alola games.
This isn't the Alola I thought I knew? Please. Once you apply any scrutiny to these trailers rather than just being shocked and awed by their flashy production values, then you will come to the conclusion that it is the same Alola with the same missed potential.
If Ludwig did not deem Minion Quest, an updated soundtrack, and new graphics to be enough new content to warrant purchasing a remaster of the 14-year old Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for $40, then he won't deem a slightly altered endgame and story of the 1-year old Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon to warrant a $40 purchase, either. This entire article is based on the assumption that you bought the first Alolan adventures. If you did not, then by all means, go purchase these Ultra versions in a month. Ludwig already has more than enough games to play as-is, however. Please comment your thoughts on Ludwig's analysis! Do you think that Ludwig will just write anything to be against these games? Does he have a point?
There's... a pretty good possibility that Ludwig is wrong in the article you just read, so he went ahead and apologised.
That pretty good possibility didn't materialise, so he took his apology back. It IS the Alola that you know.